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waves on to  the  shore and ran   up  the beach

and was carried by her own impetuosity and her

desire for rapid movement right behind a rock

and there oh heavens! in each others arms were

Paul and  Minta!   kissing probably.    She was

outraged, indignant.    She and Andrew put on

their shoes and stockings in dead silence without

saying a thing about it.   Indeed they were rather

sharp with each other.   She might have called him

when she saw the crayfish or whatever it was,

Andrew grumbled.   However, they both felt, it's

not our fault.   They had not wanted this horrid

nuisance to happen.    All the same it irritated

Andrew that Nancy should be a woman, and Nancy

that Andrew should be a man and they tied their

shoes very neatly and drew the bows rather tight.

It was not until they had climbed right up on to

the top of the cliff again that Minta cried out that

she  had  lost  her  grandmother's   brooch—her

grandmother's  brooch,  the  sole  ornament  she

possessed—a weeping willow, it was (they must

remember it) set in pearls.   They must have seen

it, she said, with the tears running down her

cheeks, the brooch which her grandmother had

fastened her cap with till the last day of her life.

Now she had lost it.   She would rather have lost

anything than that!   She would go back and look

for it.    They all went back,    They poked and